Bowser's Lava Lake Keep

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Bowser's Lava Lake Keep
Bowser's Lava Lake Keep.jpg
World-Level World CastleWorldCastleIcon (SM3DW).png-CastleCastleIcon SM3DW.png
World World Castle
Game Super Mario 3D World
Time limit 500 seconds
Boss Bowser
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Bowser's Lava Lake Keep, or World CastleWorldCastleIcon (SM3DW).png-CastleCastleIcon SM3DW.png, is the fourth castle level of Super Mario 3D World and the eighth course in World Castle. It is unlocked via completing Simmering Lava Lake, as well as by having collected 130 Green Stars. This castle is where the seventh and final Sprixie Princess, the red one, is saved. However, Bowser immediately kidnaps all the Sprixie Princesses and builds a Clear Pipe to his own amusement park, World Bowser.


The level starts in an area with many platforms, Lava Bubbles, and Boomerang Bros., one of which drops a Boomerang Flower upon defeat. A nearby P Switch must be uncovered by kicking a Kick Bomb at the nearby wall hiding it. Hitting the switch results in a nearby bridge being lowered, which gives the player access to a Ka-thunk and Fire Bro-infested area, with the Checkpoint Flag near. After traversing a narrow pathway filled with Lava Bubbles, the player has to defeat two Hammer Bros. in order to reveal a Warp Box that transports the player to a boss fight with Bowser in the Koopa Chase Lv2.

The basic strategy to defeating Bowser is identical to the encounter in Bowser's Highway Showdown: the player must knock the Kick Bombs that he throws back at him by dashing into them. This time, however, the road is littered with hazards, including spike traps and gaps with lava geysers spurting out. Occasionally, the fight travels to a section of the road with a continuous gap in the middle, making it hard to hit the Kick Bombs. Bowser himself spits fire onto the road more often, and also occasionally throws Kick Bombs that are already close to detonation. Additionally, if the player managed to keep a Boomerang Flower, they can use it to deal small amounts of damage to the car.

Bowser is defeated when he is hit nine times, after which a Warp Box brings the player to the area with a red Sprixie Princess and the Goal Pole. However, when the player frees the last princess, Bowser appears and steals all seven once again, even if the player use the two secret warps in World 1 and World 4.

Green Stars[edit]

  • Green Star 1: Near the beginning, the first Green Star is above the lava, next to a wall.
  • Green Star 2: Before activating the P Switch, the Green Star is on top of the drawbridge. The Cat Suit is required to obtain it, although it is possible to reach it by wall jumping between the unactivated bridge and the wall with perfect timing.
  • Green Star 3: After the checkpoint, the Green Star is floating above the lava, and can only be reached by a Boomerang from a Boomerang Flower.




Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 激突!クッパの溶岩城
Gekitotsu! Kuppa no yōgan-jō
Clash! Bowser's Lava Castle
Spanish La guarida volcánica de Bowser Bowser's volcanic lair
Dutch Bowsers vulkaankasteel Bowser's volcano castle
German Bowsers Schloss im Lavasee Bowser's Castle at Lava Lake
Italian Nuovo scontro al castello di Bowser New clash at Bowser's castle
Portuguese Castelo do Bowser: fortaleza vulcânica Bowser's castle: volcanic fortress
Russian Замок Боузера в море магмы
Zamok Bouzera v more magmy
Bowser's castle in the magma sea